The University of New Mexico has suspended assistant men’s basketball coach Brandon Mason. The UNM athletic department released the following statement:
“Early this morning, The University of New Mexico Athletic Department became aware that assistant men’s basketball coach Brandon Mason was arrested for aggravated DWI. At this time, Coach Mason is suspended from all coaching duties until further notice. When the timing is appropriate, the department will provide an update on the situation.”
According to KOB4 in Albuquerque, “Mason was stopped after he failed to maintain his lane and failed to stop while leaving a private business in the area. When deputies approached Mason, they noted he was showing signs of impairment.”
“The complaint states that Mason performed poorly on a field sobriety test. Police said Mason told an officer it was “impossible” to complete that field sobriety test because he had back surgery last year. He also refused a breathalyzer test.”
Mason has been an assistant at New Mexico since 2017. He also worked for the Lobos in an administrative role from 2012-14. He has also worked at New Mexico State, UNLV, and New Mexico Highlands.